HONOLULU (June 21, 2013) -- Four Island Palm Communities (IPC) residents are the recipients of a WinnCompanies WinningEdge Scholarship.

Recipients Austin Gillum, Noelle Savage, Natasha White and Alexis Winston each were awarded $1,000 to support their education goals by WinnCompanies, the firm providing property management and maintenance services to IPC.

IPC has celebrated 40 years in business by awarding scholarships to distinguished residents living in its communities nationwide.

•White, a 2013 graduate of Moanalua High School and the daughter of Warrant Officer Chris and Mrs. Daniela White, will apply her scholarship towards studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

"I am very grateful for the generosity of WINNCompanies and the opportunity to further my education to pursue my dream of becoming a pastry chef and eventually owning my own bakery," said Natasha. "This scholarship will go towards my tuition, which can range from the cost of classes to the cost of tools and supplies I will need."

•"I feel honored to have been selected amongst hundreds of applicants," said Savage, who is married to Sgt. Charles Savage. "I am excited to be able to further my education with the scholarship."

Noelle will use her award towards pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

•Gillum, a Mililani High School graduate and the son of Col. David and Mrs. Debra Gillum, plans to attend a local community college and looks forward to a career working with animals.

•Winston, a graduate of Leilehua High School and the daughter of Maj. Jeffrey and Mrs. Laura Winston, plans to complete her prerequisites at Leeward Community College and then transfer to Northern Michigan University.

"WinnCompanies aims to enhance the lives of those they serve, so of course we're thrilled to award the first annual WinningEdge scholarship to some of our residents continuing their education," said Tom Adams, director of property management at IPC.

A total of $18,000 was awarded to Winn-Companies' residents at military installations nationwide.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the 2014-2015 school year, with applications becoming available February 2014.